ALAN White ‘jumped at the chance’ to return to Boston United – although he’s finding the Jakemans Stadium dressing room a very different place these days.
The no-nonsense defender made his return to the Pilgrims this weekend, after being offered the chance to come back by manager Jason Lee.
The pair played for United together in League Two under Steve Evans.
And White is finding his mate’s approach to management very different to his former boss’, tipping Lee to do the business at York Street.
“It’s a lot quieter, a lot less swearing, less tension and less blood vessels popping out of people’s necks,” he said.
“Jay’s got that good mix of authority, but in a quiet way. He’s not one to eff and blind - he’s a quiet man but he commands respect.”
Thirty-five-year-old White was without a club after leaving Blue Square Bet North rival Blyth Spartans in the summer, and was even considering turning his back on the game before Lee’s call.
“It got to the stage where I was looking at a new career, re-training or even going abroad,” he added.
“Coming back here was the furthest thing from my mind until Jay called, but I jumped at the chance to come back.”
With the Pilgrims looking to sure up their defence, Lee and fellow boss Lee Canoville released striker Julian Joachim from his non-contract deal in order to free up funds for White’s return.
And the County Durham-born defender’s arrival has had an impact, as the Pilgrims have kept their first two clean sheets of the campaign.
White, Lee, Canoville and Lawrie Dudfield - all of whom have featured for United this season - were the four Pilgrims who left York Street to join Notts County in 2006.
Before that, White made 53 appearances in an 18-month spell with the club.